Updates

  • Information changes often. We pledge to communicate what we know, when we know it. Here you'll find the most up-to-date information that shared through messages to families and changes to athletics and other items related to school learning format and COVID-19.

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    Current Status:

    STAGE 3: HYBRID LEARNING 
    Students in greatest need of additional support participate onsite with in-person instruction or support two (2) or more days a week as determined by set criteria. All other students participate in distance learning provided by SBLSD District staff. Staff are able to be onsite for the purpose of planning and delivering instruction.

    Take a look at the latest family newsletter, which includes important district information and recent updates.

    Upcoming Status Change into Stages 4 & 5 (anticipated schedule below, pending COVID-19 counts)

    1/5/21

    Based on new state recommendations regarding a return to in-person learning, the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District is able to bring back students sooner than expected.

    In continuing to prepare for a safe return to learning inside our school buildings, a critical component is knowing how many students to expect so we can accurately plan — and meet  —  state health and safety requirements, and other logistics. 

    The District needs families to please select their child’s learning model: In-Person Hybrid Learning or Full-Time Distance Learning. Please log into Family Access to make your selection. Refer to screenshots at the bottom of this message for what the survey looks like and the steps to take in Family Access. For survey assistance, please contact your child’s school.

    If we don’t receive your response by midnight on Jan. 10, your choice will be defaulted to In-Person Hybrid Learning. The learning model you select will remain in effect for the remainder of the school year. 

    Please read further for more information about the learning models, timelines and schedules. In order to plan within our staffing and space capacity, some details may have changed from what was previously proposed.

    In-Person Hybrid Learning

    • At this time, and as COVID case counts allow*, we anticipate beginning our gradual return to In-Person Hybrid Learning starting first with K-2 students on Jan. 19. We will then bring back other grades incrementally over the next three weeks. Depending on COVID case counts, all students who choose In-Person Hybrid Learning will be back in buildings on alternating schedules (groups A and B) two full days a week by Feb. 10. Families with multiple students will be assigned to the same schedule.

      * Note: Metrics of case counts are different for elementary, middle and high school:
    • Elementary — Greater than 350 cases per 100,000 residents
    • Middle — 350 cases per 100,000 residents
    • High  — Below about 200 cases per 100,000 residents 

    See the state Department of Health’s toolkit for metrics (page 8).

    Hybrid A/B Schedule (tentative)

    Anticipated schedule, contingent on COVID case counts, for when grades will begin Hybrid Learning in the building. 

    • Jan 19: 1st day for K-2 (Hybrid Group A)
    • Jan 20: 1st day for K-2 (Hybrid Group B)
    • Feb 2: 1st day for 3-5, 6, 9 (Hybrid Group A)
    • Feb 3: 1st day for 3-5, 6, 9 (Hybrid Group B)
    • Feb 4: 1st day 7-8, 10 (Hybrid Group A)
    • Feb 5: 1st day 7-8, 10 (Hybrid Group B)
    • Feb 9: 1st day 11-12 (Hybrid Group A)
    • Feb 10: 1st day 11-12 (Hybrid Group B)

     


    Stage 4: Hybrid Learning 

    All students from Stage 2 and 3, as well as all K-5 students 2 days per week onsite. All other students participate in distance learning provided by District staff. Staff are able to be onsite for the purpose of planning and delivering instruction. *K-5 families wishing to remain in the distance learning will have the opportunity to continue using services provided by an SBSLD staff member or 3rd party online provider.

    Stage 5: Hybrid Learning

    K-5 students onsite at least 2 days per week. Students in grades 6-12 participate onsite with in-person instruction two (2) days a week. Staff able to be onsite for the purpose of planning and delivering instruction. *6-12 families wanting to remain in the distance learning model will be given the choice to transfer to an online program delivered by an online 3rd party service provider. Admission into the online program can only happen at semester. Before high school students transfer to the online 3rd party service provider program, they will need to meet with their guidance counselor to make sure classes and credits are aligned to the student’s High School and Beyond Plan.

    Stage 6: 100% In-Person Learning (date to be determined by Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department)

    All students and staff participate onsite with in-person instruction five (5) days a week. K-12 students who have previously selected the online program must continue in this model through the end of the school year.